This KFC style plant based mac and cheese is perfect for satisfying that creamy, cheesy craving! And, it only takes 30 minutes to make this delicious, comforting recipe.
This mac came out so luscious and is the perfect cozy meal to enjoy while following a plant based vegan diet.
My super creamy, comforting mac n cheese is based on my original cheese sauce. I jazzed it up with some cashews and spices that are in KFC’s mac n cheese. These adjustments really did the trick.
Check out this YouTube video where I demonstrate how to make this recipe:
Without further ado, here is the recipe! I hope you love it as much as I do. Please share your recreations with me on Instagram.
To keep this recipe whole food plant based enjoy this sauce with some whole grain macaroni (or any shape of pasta really).
If you’re allergic to nuts try substituting the cashews for sunflower seeds. I have a sunflower seed cheese sauce recipe (one of my most popular recipes) here on the blog as well!
This mac is so luscious and is the perfect cozy meal to enjoy while following a plant based vegan diet.
- 1 cup cubed potato
- ¼ cup cubed carrot
- ⅛ cup chopped onion
- 1 clove garlic
- ½ cup cashews
- 1 ½ cups cooking water reserved when draining
- 1 lb macaroni
- 1 tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp mustard powder
- 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
Bring a medium stockpot of water to a boil
Cube potatoes and carrots and add to boiling water
Boil for 5 minutes
Chop onion and cut garlic clove in half
Add to boiling water (with potatoes and carrots)
Add cashews to boiling water
Boil for 3 minutes
In your sink add a large bowl under a colander so that when you strain the vegetables and cashews you catch the cooking water in the bowl
Carefully strain the vegetables and cashews
Add the potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, and cashews to a blender
Add 1 ½ cups of the reserved cooking liquid
Add all spices, lemon juice, and tomato paste
Blend on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute until sauce is very creamy
Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil
Add the macaroni and cook to package instructions
Strain the macaroni and add the cheese sauce
Mix until the cheese sauce evenly covers the macaroni